Via DemocracyNow.org – “As Japan continues to deal with its nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power facility, memorials are being held in the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia today to mark the 25th anniversary of the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. On April 26, 1986, an explosion at the power plant sent a cloud of radioactive fallout into Russia, Belarus and a over a large portion of Europe.
Soviet officials attempted to cover up the accident. Eventually 50,000 people living in Chernobyl’s immediate surroundings were evacuated (but only after they were exposed to high radiation levels for several days. Many hundreds of thousands, if not millions still live in radioactive contaminated zones
A vast rural region around the plant remains uninhabitable. Until the crisis in Japan, Chernobyl was the world’s only Level 7 “major accident” nuclear disaster, the most severe designation issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency. (Actually, there were several more, but they were covered up so well, no one even heard about them.)
Democracy Now! interviews Dr. Jeff Patterson, (video above) the immediate past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Dr. Janette Sherman, a specialist in internal medicine and toxicology and editor of the book, “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and Nature.”
Close to 1 million Soviets were ordered to clean up the mess. They did this with no monitoring badges, no radiation meters and received no medical monitoring or care. They all received high doses of radiation, but ended up with no proof of anything. The Russian government will only pay them ‘benefits’ if they can prove they worked there for more than 4 years, which very few of them did, so even their own country has abandoned them. Even those who are getting benefits are being cut, due to financial problems.
The book mentioned in the video above talks about 1 million victims from Chernobyl, while the apologists for the nuclear industry claim that almost no one died or got sick.
Seeing as how 1 million liquidators were sent into clean up the mess, with no monitors, masks or other protective gear, wouldn’t you agree that they are all victims?
Now add the 1 million or more around the Chernobyl plant that live in radiation contaminated areas, or more… This 1 million victims figure is very low, if one adds the liquidators to the future generations beyond those alive at the time of the accident. It has been calculated, that 20000 to 45000 babies died in the US as a result of this accident.
The industry and medical professionals spent a great deal of time and energy making sure that nothing was documented as far as external and internal radiation exposure, both for the 1 million liquidators and for the general population.
With Hiroshima, we are seeing new cases of cancer from that ONE TIME short exposure to radiation. Now we are facing a far worse scenario with Chernobyl and Fukushima. The Hiroshima radiation data collection effort has cost Billions of Dollars. Now we have continuous exposure that goes on and on forever with Chernobyl and now Fukushima as well.
Russia and US are both committed to creating more dependence on new nuclear power, according to both political leaders. Both of these political leaders are still spouting the myth; ‘green’, clean, cheap and safe.
Political leaders in fact know NOTHING about nuclear power, and rely on ‘experts’ in the industry to tell them how ‘safe’ it is. Well, the nuclear industry handbook training manual lists 30 ways to deceive the public and politicians….
TheArt of Deception: The Cult of Nuclearists, Uranium Weapons and FraudulentScience, via A Green Road Blog
The three P.P.P’s are the curse of nuclear power.
Pollution is the first P.
Mining creates massive uranium dust pollution and uses massive quantities of fossil fuel. The dust is radioactive and the waste piles are too, but they are often used in building materials, making the buildings dangerous to be in.
Creating nuclear fuel from the ore also creates massive pollution and uses massive amounts of fossil fuel, while releasing massive quantities of global warming gases from the refrigerant used during this phase.
Transporting the nuclear fuel is also creating pollution and costs even more in terms of fossil fuel use, because all of the ships, trains, trucks and more all need to be constructed using fossil fuels as well.
The disposal of the waste creates more pollution problems, and the waste lasts for billions of years.
93 Long life Radiation Contaminants
Who is going to pay for this?
Price is a second P factor that is not really calculated properly. The Ukraine spends 5-7 percent of their total budget on the messes created by Chernobyl and this is accident is now generations behind us.
The problems caused by the radiation pollution are getting WORSE, not better. They cannot even afford the sarcophogus, which has to be replaced every 100 or so years, at a cost of 1.2 Billion for the present one. The nuclear industry certainly is NOT paying their fair share for any of the consequences of this accident, nor any other nuclear accident. They take the profits, but ‘give’ the risk and the waste products to the public, which means you and I.
The Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns may very well cause the bankruptcy of Japan. The cost of cleanup, medical costs and loss of land, housing, manufacturing, infrastructure and more will all be a burden on the Japanese people, not the utility company that is concerned only with profits.
The third P is the problem with proliferation. Nuclear weapons come from nuclear power plants. The problems created include hydrogen bombs, depleted uranium weapons, shells and bombs, as well as potential dirty bombs that are very easy to make.
Imagine what happens if a nuclear plant melts down near YOU… What are the evacuation plans for your city? What is the plan for distributing iodine tablets in case of an accident? Most plants have no plan for iodine distribution, and the inadequate evacuation plans only go out a few miles, instead of the 50 to 100 miles that are needed.
Fukushima, TMI and Chernobyl are only a few of the covered up accidents that have happened.
More Nuclear Plant Accidents Covered Up
Whatreally happened at Fukushima?
Is Fukushima really in cold shutdown?
Fukushima Tsunami Explosion Coverup?
The general population needs to rise up and demand an end to nuclear power, nuclear weapons, and all of the associated industries, such as the making of DU weapons and munitions, from nuclear waste material.
The cesium radiation levels around Chernobyl are NOT going down as predicted. The unknowns are much greater than the knowns. This is an experiment with huge populations of people.
Governments all around the world are arbitrarily raising radiation levels to amounts that are formerly only for nuclear workers exposed to high radiation levels. This is a cruel experiment that will affect many future generations.
So what have we learned from Chernobyl, and also Fukushima?
Lowdose radiation dangers, lessons from Chernobyl
Radiationdangers in food and water
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Chernobyl Coverup And Denial Of 1 Million Casualties